Our Focus

In this fast paced world, one where we learn of current events seconds after they occur, where the evening news seems quaint and video is king—there is still a place for the photograph. The power of a still image has not gone away. They can force us to reconsider our biases, help us learn about those who may seem different and make us think about life outside our own small worlds.

TheDocumentaryProjectFund was founded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) to help make sure that photographers who want to tell the stories of their communities will be able to do so. We are here to encourage, through project support, photographers who have a community focus and a good story to tell. We believe that still photography, especially the documentary form, can be an incredibly powerful art. We can admire the beauty of each image, be challenged to think about the issues raised and come away with our biases tested.

From personal experience, we know how difficult it is to get a project funded. After it is done, exhibitions incur more costs. Keeping the work alive is even more difficult. Doing this kind of photography demands a level of commitment that is very difficult for a photographer who wants to do the work, but still needs to make a living. Our project support will help insure that important projects get completed. After they are finished, we will help get that work out to as wide an audience as possible.

TheDPF focuses on those photographers who work within their communities. They may work locally but the issues of community are the same as those faced globally. Looking through the lens of a photographer who is committed to their community will translate to communities everywhere.

Learn more about our board…

Lynn Hoffman-Brouse
Photographer & Educator

Lynn is happily semi-retired and able to take on whatever jobs she likes, but has found that TheDPF is becoming her full time work, and that’s ok. “I remain amazed by the power of the still photograph and the documentary form in particular. Perhaps naively, I also believe that it can function both as art and a way to create change, to challenge biases and to help create a more tolerant world.”

David Baddley
Professor of Art/Photography, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah

David is an artist working with land-based action work, video and photography. His work has been included in more than 80 group exhibits and 15 solo exhibits, including shows at the Salt Lake Art Center and the Central European Cultural Institute in Budapest. His work has appeared in several publications, including Neon Magazine and Leica View.

Marlene Plumlee
Associate Professor of Accounting at The University of Utah

Marlene earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 1997. She has taught at the University of Utah since graduation. Her research has been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, the Review of Accounting Studies, The Accounting Review, and Accounting Horizons. She currently serves on the editorial board of The Accounting Review and reviews for a number of scholarly journals. Marlene continues her education studying photography.

Tim Dolan
Director: The Office of National Scholarship Advisement at the University of Mississippi

“I’ve been interested in documentary photography for many years. I’ve worked on a number of documentary projects in the past, and am interested in the ways that photography works within the conventions of visual art, while at the same time challenges and subverts those conventions. I have a deep respect for documentary archivists, musicologists, and ethnographers, for their ability to capture and preserve complex aspects of human culture. I don’t claim to understand it, but I am moved by art’s ability to inspire and motivate human beings, and I always love encountering a well-composed photograph. Images somehow bypass all those verbal centers of the human brain and communicate ideas that go straight to the emotional core of who we are. There is a power in acts of documentary photography that are worth supporting and I am happy to be part of an organization that recognizes and supports that.”

Terry Martin 
Photographer & Educator, Creator of the Salt Lake Community College Visual Art and Design Photography Program

Terry’s recent teaching emphases include developing a mindfulness approach to photography, “conscious camerawork”, exploring a creative and personal vision/voice, and examining diversity through photography. He continues to support his addiction to analog photography (and music), but can use a histogram with the best of them.

Christine Baczek
Photographer, Curator, Artist Coordinator for Memorieslab in Shenzhen, China

Chris’s personal work and research focuses on analog and alternative photographic processes like cyanotype, platinum/palladium, chromoskedasic Sabattier, film, etc. She uses this expertise in historical photographic processes to address ideas of time, influences on perception, the realities of documentation, and the process of observation.

Barbara Tschaggeny
Executive Assistant, Salt Lake City, Utah

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Barbara officially joined TheDPF board in 2017. She provide support and strategies to improve our fundraising efforts. Barbara says, “I have a passion for non-profit organizations and how they make a difference in people’s lives.”

Kim Raff
Freelance documentary, editorial and reportage photographer

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, after receiving a degree in visual journalism from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY she went on to a seven-year career in newspapers, which included staff positions with The Salt Lake Tribune and The News & Advance.  She specializes in documentary photojournalism, seeing stories in her own back yard and capturing intimate portraits of the human experience. Kim loves finding beauty in the average moments of life and believes photography has the ability to show us the similarities we all share as people. Her craft has drawn her into people’s living rooms, pulled her onto mountain tops, and humbled her at gravesides; from the Deep South to the American West.